Edinburgh Larder Café
- Telephone 0131 556 6922
- Opening times Mon–Fri 8am–5pm; Sat–Sun 9am–5pm.
- Seasonal times Mar–Jul 8am–5pm; Aug 7am–10pm.
- Food served Mon–Fri 8am–5pm; Sat/Sun 9am–5pm.
- Average price £7 (soup and sandwich)
- Website www.edinburghlarder.co.uk
Homely hangout just off the Royal Mile with an authentically convincing passion for Scottish produce and seasonal cooking.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
A handy escape from the tourist bustle of the Royal Mile, the Edinburgh Larder is a breath of fresh air with its sunny yellow chairs and bright windows. While soups and sandwiches may at first glance seem predictable café fare, they prove more impressive on the plate. An authentic commitment to Scottish seasonal produce is clear and, even in the less plentiful seasons, a winter salad of beetroot, kohlrabi and lentils is fresh and well conceived alongside a Connage crowdie cheese sandwich. There's porridge or full cooked breakfasts for early birds, plus a changing daily selection of homemade cakes such as gluten-free brownies and lemon sponge. A vision for local produce extends to foraging courses and a commitment to partnering with Scottish food producers. Meat is sourced locally including beef from the Borders, where the Larder run the eatery at Whitmuir Farm, in addition to their popular bistro in Edinburgh’s West End.
- High point: A passion for Scottish produce
- Low point: Cakes lack creativity of savoury options
- Notable dish: Creative seasonal salads
'The best of Scottish produce prepared for you in the heart of Edinburgh'
The Edinburgh Larder is a deli and licensed cafe on Blackfriars Street - just off the Royal Mile. Specialising in a wide range of Scottish produce, the Larder team have scoured the country for the best ingredients possible. The lunch menu consists of a number of homemade treats and is supported by a sandwich menu with a difference. There is always a seasonal quiche, tart or frittata on offer as well as homemade chicken liver or smoked salmon pate. The veg plate includes homemade hummus and sundried tomato tapenade as well as house roasted peppers. There are also deli plates so you can sample the delicious Scottish smoked meats, salami and lovely cheeses in the deli counter. A tantalising range of cakes are on offer too for those with a sweet tooth as well as scones served with Scottish clotted cream and jam from Galloway in Dumfries.
In the drinks department, Scottish beers are offered from two breweries local to Edinburgh (Stewarts and Tryst) which are sure to cater to all beer lovers tastes. Coffee is from Artisan Roast and tea from Eteaket. There is also Cuddybridge apple juice from Peebles as well as freshly blended smoothies. Homemade chutney and jam line the shelves along with a small selection of deli products to take away.
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- Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
- Capacity: 25
- Largest group: 25
- Open since: 2009
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